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Sunday, November 19, 2017

With the end of the liturgical year only a week away, today’s readings offer a fitting reflection on how we can prepare for the return of the Master and the full manifestation of God’s Kingdom.

The First Reading from Proverbs describes the good wife, using some of the imagery applied to Lady Wisdom in last week’s reading from Wisdom. The good wife works skillfully with love—not only for her family, but also for the needy. “Fear of the Lord” has nothing to do with fright. Rather, it describes reverence toward God and obedience to God’s will.

In the Second Reading, Paul addresses a question troubling the Thessalonians—the delay of the end-time and return of the Christ. He reminds them that the end will come when people least expect it so they need to stay alert. But, because they are disciples (“children of the light”), they have what they need to prepare for this event and need not fear.

In the same vein, today’s Gospel provides a parable about how we ought to live as we wait for Christ’s return. A man, before going on a long journey, gives three of his servants huge amounts of money to invest. (In biblical times, a “talent” represented thousands of dollars.) The master, representing Christ, eventually returns to evaluate the servants’ work. He praises two of them for their productive investment of the resources he left them, but the third one is severely scolded because he was fearful and did nothing while his master was away. Clearly, the master has expectations for us. At Home with the Word.

In His love and mine,

Fr. Ken

 

In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.

 

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